Super Eagles Drop, D’Tigers Rise In World Rankings
20 September 2019 Sport
It was mixed fortunes for Nigeria’s national teams as International Sports Federations released rankings of their affiliate nations.
While the Super Eagles dropped one place in the latest FIFA world rankings to place 34th, the male national basketball, D’Tigers rose 10 spots to 23rd in the World in the rankings released yesterday by FIBA.
Before yesterday’s rankings by FIFA, the Super Eagles were 33rd in the world.
The three-time African champions gained one point in the process accumulating 1482 points from the previous 1481 points.
In the African ranking, Super Eagles maintained their third-place despite the drop in the world ranking, with Senegal and Tunisia also maintaining their first and second positions respectively.
Meanwhile, the Super Falcons have climbed two places up to gain two places in the World ranking to climb to 36th gaining two points, amassing 1643 points from the previous 1599 points.
The senior men’s basketball improved ranking was made possible after they became the first in the world to qualify for the World Cup as they won 3 games and lost 2 during the competition to finish 17th out of the 32 participating team.
The Alex Nwora tutored side who have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still ranked number 1 in Africa ahead of Angola, Tunisia, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire who are ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
D’Tigers have 441.4 points followed by Angola on 332.7 points. Tunisia, Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire took 3rd, 4th and 5th in Africa on 329.7, 317.7 and 211.6 points respectively.
While reacting after the ranking was published, Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Engr Musa Kida said the latest feat was the right reward for hard work put in place by the federation and the team during the qualifiers and World Cup preparation which culminated in a good outing in China.
“We are really excited with this announcement. It shows that the world has continued to pay attention to Nigerian basketball after many years of playing second fiddle.
“Although, I believe that we deserve more than being 23rd best team in the world based on our current form, but it is a process.
The federation is excited that we are on the right track and we will continue to push harder in our resolve to record more successes.”